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Equal pay for equal work still eludes independent nurse practitioners

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They say Medicare, CCOs, private insurers all impose unnecessary roadblocks that make it tough for them to run their own businesses.

After 11 years of running her own business as a nurse practitioner and caring for thousands of patients, Teri Bunker fantasizes about a day when she – and all of her counterparts across the country – might refuse to see patients, to draw attention to the discrimination her profession faces.

Why Vermont Failed to Enact Single Payer?

Its collapse was a legislative failure, according to this author, which Oregon legislators deserve support so the same problem doesn't befall us.

OPINION -- Drawing unwanted national attention to his tiny state, Governor Peter Shumlin pronounced Vermont’s quest for universal health care Dead On Arrival.

Oregon Hospitals Penalized by Medicare Lose $5.96 Million

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Legacy Health suffered the biggest loss -- $2.3 million – with three of its hospitals making the list, and refused to provide an explanation by press time.

Nine Oregon hospitals are being hit with financial penalties by Medicare for having the highest rates of infections and other patient injuries in a federal crackdown that impacts 721 hospitals across the country.

Oregon Physicians Who Charged Medicare Highest Rates

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Providers say the billing system is rigged against providing quality care.

This doctor still makes house calls -- and when he sees patients in the office he never bills insurance if it’s less than an hour.

So, yes, Dr. Richard MacDonell billed Medicare at the most expensive rate for every single one of his office visits in 2012.

Medicare Data Released This Spring Show the Elite Oregon Doctors Who Always Bill Top Dollar

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Oregon Health & Science University has most of the state’s doctors who billed Medicare for the most expensive visits all of the time.

For the first time this spring, Medicare released spending data for individual doctors and other healthcare providers, and an analysis by the nonprofit news outlet ProPublica examined doctors who were billing Medicare for the most complicated and therefore most expen

Foot Care Professionals Call for Increased Investment in Prevention

Two-thirds of amputations nationwide are paid for by Medicare – but reimbursement for basic foot care services is complex

People with diabetes are 50 times more likely to develop a foot ulcer than those without, and diabetes-related foot problems are a leading cause of hospital admissions among people with diabetes. It’s the number one cause of medical amputations, which run a total cost of $80,000, including the surgery itself, wound care, prosthetic fitting and follow up treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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